HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- With 500 turkeys and nearly as many volunteers, the Holland Rescue Mission is preparing for the Great Thanksgiving Banquet.
On Wednesday, the mission will feed 1,500 people, who despite the strong economy and low unemployment, continue to struggle to make ends meet.
Just about any meal can fill someone's stomach, but it takes more to do the same for a person's heart.
"You see smiles on people's faces, that they forget the bad things, they laugh," says James Edstrom, who is staying at the Holland Rescue Mission.
Edstrom is volunteering in the kitchen to make a meal and to be part of a family.
"I have no family anywhere right now, this is my family," Edstrom said.
Even the head chef says the Great Thanksgiving Banquet is much more than food. Many years ago, he was one of those in need at the shelter.